Combined Daily Vocabulary Week 1

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  1. abscond
    • verb
    • to depart clandestinely; to steal off and hide
    • Several prisoners absconded from the jail.
  2. aberrant
    • adj: deviating from the norm
    • noun form: aberration
    • aberrant weather we've been having
  3. alacrity
    • noun: eager and enthusiastic willingness
    • She accepted the invitation with an alacrity that surprised me.
  4. anomaly
    • noun: deviation from the normal order, form, or rule; abnormality
    • adj form: anomalous
    • We couldn't explain the anomalies in the test results.
  5. approbation
    • noun: an expression of approval or praise
    • The company has even received the approbation of its former critics.
  6. arduous
    • adj: stenuous, taxing; requiring significant effort
    • an arduous journey across miles of desert
  7. assuage
    • verb: to ease or lessen; to appease or pacify
    • He couldn't assuage his guilt over the divorce.
  8. audacious
    • adj: daring and fearless; recklessly bold
    • noun form: audacity
    • They have audacious plans for the new school.
  9. austere
    • adj: without adornment; bare; severely simple; ascetic
    • noun form: austerity
    • They choose austere furnishings for the office.
  10. axiomatic
    • adj: taken as a given; possessing self-evident truth
    • noun form: axiom
    • it's axiomatic that the instinct for self-preservation is universal throughout the animal kingdom
  11. canonical
    • adj: following or in agreement with accepted, traditional standards
    • noun form: canon
    • What's been going on in the stock market hardly fits canonical notions of rationality.
  12. capricious
    • adj: inclined to change one's mind impulsively; erratic, unpredictable
    • employees who are at the mercy of a capricious manager
  13. censure
    • verb: to criticize severely; to officially rebuke
    • The country faces international censure for its alleged involvement in the assassination.
  14. chicanery
    • noun: trickery or subterfuge
    • He wasn't above using chicanery to win votes.
  15. connoisseur
    • noun: an informed and astute judge in matters of taste; expert
    • She is a connoisseur of African art.
  16. insensible
    • adj.numb; unconscious:
    • "Wayne was rendered insensible by a blow to the head."
    • unfeeling; insensitive:
    • "They were insensibile to the suffering of others.:
  17. insipid
    • adj.lacking zest or excitement; dull
    • A cup of bland soup from a cafeteria is an example of insipid.
    • The soup was rather insipid.
  18. insular
    • adj.of or pertaining to an island, thus, excessively exclusive:
    • "Newcomers found it difficult to make friends in the insular community."
  19. convoluted
    • adj: complex or complicated
    • a convoluted explanation that left the listeners even more confused than they were before
  20. disabuse
    • verb: to undeceive; to set right
    • let me disabuse you of your foolish notions about married life
  21. discordant
    • adj: conflicting; dissonant or harsh in sound
    • She has the difficult task of bringing together a number of discordant elements.
  22. disparate
    • adj: fundamentally distinct or dissimilar
    • disparate notions among adults and adolescents about when middle age begins
  23. effrontery
    • noun: extreme boldness; presumptuousness
    • the little squirt had the effrontery to deny eating any cookies, even with the crumbs still on his lips
  24. eloquent
    • adj: well-spoken, expressive, articulate
    • noun form: eloquence
    • His success serves as an eloquent reminder of the value of hard work.
  25. enervate
    • verb: to weaken; to reduce in vitality
    • the surgery really enervated me for weeks afterwards
  26. ennui
    • noun: dissatisfaction and restlessness resulting from boredom or apathy
    • the kind of ennui that comes from having too much time on one's hands and too little will to find something productive to do
  27. equivocate
    • verb: to use ambiguous language with a deceptive intent
    • adj form: equivocal
    • The applicant seemed to be equivocating when we asked him about his last job.
  28. erudite
    • adj: very learned; scholarly
    • noun form: erudition
    • the most erudite people in medical research attended the conference
  29. exculpate
    • verb: exonerate; to clear of blame
    • The court exculpated him after a thorough investigation.
  30. exigent
    • adj: urgent, pressing; requiring immediate action or attention
    • started his workday with a flood of exigent matters that required his quick decision
  31. extemporaneous
    • adj: improvised; done without preparation
    • caught by surprise, I had to make an extemporaneousspeech at the awards banquet
  32. filibuster
    • noun: intentional obstruction, esp. using prolonged speechmaking to delay legislative action
    • They engaged in a filibuster that lasted for over a week.
  33. fulminate
    • verb: to loudly attack or denounce
    • She was fulminating about the dangers of smoking.
  34. intransigent
    • adj.stubborn; immovable; unwilling to change:
    • "She was so intransigent we finally gave up trying to convince her."
    • (n: intransigence)
  35. irascible
    • adj.prone to outbursts of temper, easily angered
    • An example of irascible is a man who becomes extremely mad at even the slightest of mistakes.
    • an irascible old football coach
  36. laconic
    • adj.using few words; terse:
    • "a laconic reply."
  37. ingenuous
    • adj: artless; frank and candid; lacking in sophistication
    • The little boy’s ingenuous habit of constantly telling the truth made him unpopular at school.
  38. inured
    • adj: accustomed to accepting something undesirable
    • Does violence on television inure children to violence in real life?
  39. irascible
    • adj: easily angered; prone to temperamental outbursts
    • an irascible old football coach
  40. laud
    • verb: to praise highly
    • adj form: laudatory
    • an actor who in his lifetime received all the laud and honor that the theater world could bestow
  41. lucid
    • adj: clear; easily understood
    • He is able to recognize his wife in his lucid moments.
  42. magnanimity
    • noun: the quality of being generously noble in mind and heart, esp. in forgiving
    • adj form: magnanimous
    • His enemies he treated with the greatest magnanimity; no bloody executions followed the victory of the Milvian Bridge.
  43. martial
    • adj: associated with war and the armed forces
    • one of the basic tenets of martial law
  44. mundane
    • adj: of the world; typical of or concerned with the ordinary
    • mundane chores, like washing dishes
  45. nascent
    • adj: coming into being; in early developmental stages
    • The actress is now focusing on her nascent singing career.
  46. nebulous
    • adj: vague; cloudy; lacking clearly defined form
    • These philosophical concepts can be nebulous.
  47. neologism
    • noun: a new word, expression, or usage; the creation or use of new words or senses
    • He also joined words together to create neologisms
  48. noxious
    • adj: harmful, injurious
    • mixing bleach and ammonia can cause noxious fumes that can seriously harm you
  49. obtuse
    • adj: lacking sharpness of intellect; not clear or precise in thought or expression
    • He is too obtuse to take a hint.
  50. obviate
    • verb: to anticipate and make unnecessary
    • The new medical treatment obviates the need for surgery.
  51. onerous
    • adj: troubling; burdensome
    • The government imposed onerous taxes on imports.
  52. latent
    • adj.present or potential but not evident or active (n: latency)
    • An example of latent are fingerprints which cannot be seen.
    • he has a latent talent for acting that he hasn't had a chance to express yet
  53. laudable
    • adj.praiseworthy; commendable (v. laud)
    • An example of laudable is a person who donates to charity and wants to save the world.
    • you showed laudable restraint in dealing with that ridiculously demanding customer
  54. leviathan
    • n.giant whale, therefore, something very large
    • An example of a leviathan is a large aircraft carrier.
    • The factory is a towering leviathan in the middle of the town.
  55. paean
    • noun: a song or hymn of praise and thanksgiving
    • his retirement party featured many paeans for his long years of service to the company
  56. parody
    • noun: a humorous imitation intended for ridicule or comic effect, esp. in literature and art
    • He has a talent for writing parodies.
  57. perennial
    • adj: recurrent through the year or many years; happening repeatedly
    • Flooding is a perennial problem for people living by the river.
  58. perfidy
    • noun: intentional breach of faith; treachery
    • adj form: perfidious
    • They are guilty of perfidy.
  59. perfunctory
    • adj: cursory; done without care or interest
    • the violinist delivered a perfunctory performance that displayed none of the passion and warmth he was once known for
  60. perspicacious
    • adj: acutely perceptive; having keen discernment
    • noun form: perspicacity
    • The perspicacious salesman earned a great living because he knew how to read his customers.
  61. prattle
    • verb: to babble meaninglessly; to talk in an empty and idle manner
    • They prattled on into the night, discussing school, music, and friends.
  62. precipitate
    • adj: acting with excessive haste or impulse
    • verb: to cause to happen before anticipated or required
    • The budget problem was precipitated by many unexpected costs.
  63. predilection
    • noun: a disposition in favor of something; preference
    • a young lad with a predilection for telling tall tales
  64. prescience
    • noun: foreknowledge of events; knowing of events prior to their occurring
    • adj form: prescient
    • He predicted their response with amazing prescience.
  65. prevaricate
    • verb: to deliberately avoid the truth; to mislead
    • Government officials prevaricated about the real costs of the project.
  66. qualms
    • noun: misgivings; reservations; causes for hesitancy
    • she has no qualms about downloading pirated music files from the Internet
  67. recant
    • verb: to retract, esp. a previously held belief
    • Witnesses threatened to recant their testimony when the court released their names to the paper.
  68. refute
    • verb: to disprove; to successfully argue against
    • The lawyer refuted the testimony of the witness.
  69. relegate
    • verb: to forcibly assign, esp. to a lower place or position
    • courtiers and generals who incurred the emperor's disfavor were soon relegated to the farther reaches of the empire
  70. loquacious
    • adj.talkative
    • An example of loquacious is someone who calls and talks for three minutes straight without pausing.
    • the loquacious host of a radio talk show
  71. lucid
    • adj.clear; translucent:
    • "He made a lucid argument to support his theory."
  72. lugubrious
    • adj.weighty, mournful, or gloomy, especially to an excessive degree:
    • "Jake's lugubrious monologues depressed his friends."
  73. reticent
    • adj: quiet; reserved; reluctant to express thoughts and feelings
    • her husband is by nature a reticent person, and she resigned herself to that fact long ago
  74. solicitous
    • adj: concerned and attentive; eager
    • I appreciated his solicitous inquiry about my health.
  75. sordid
    • adj: characterized by filth, grime, or squalor; foul
    • he managed to rise above the sordid streets upon which he grew up
  76. sporadic
    • adj: occurring only occasionally, or in scattered instances
    • sporadic loud noises kept startling everyone
  77. squander
    • verb: to waste by spending or using irresponsibly
    • squandered all her money gambling in casinos
  78. static
    • adj: not moving, active, or in motion; at rest
    • the static installation of the statue in that niche means that no one will ever see its back, which is also of interest
  79. stupefy
    • verb: to stun, baffle, or amaze
    • stupefied by the ruling that he could not compete because his missed the qualifying age by two days
  80. stymie
    • verb: to block; to thwart
    • Progress on the project has been stymied by lack of money.
  81. synthesis
    • noun: the combination of parts to make a whole
    • verb form: synthesize
    • a philosophy that is a kind of synthesis of several schools of Western and Eastern thought
  82. torque
    • noun: a force that causes rotation
    • torque wrench
  83. tortuous
    • adj: winding, twisting; excessively complicated
    • a tortuous path up the mountain
  84. truculent
    • adj: fierce and cruel; eager to fight
    • die-hard fans who became truculent and violent after their team's loss
  85. veracity
    • noun: truthfulness, honesty
    • We questioned the veracity of his statements.
  86. virulent
    • adj: extremely harmful or poisonous; bitterly hostile or antagonistic
    • the virulent look on her face warned me that she was about to say something unkind
  87. voracious
    • adj: having an insatiable appetite for an activity or pursuit; ravenous
    • it seemed like the voracious kitten was eating her weight in food every day
  88. waver
    • verb: to move to and fro; to sway; to be unsettled in opinion
    • The kite wavered in the wind.
  89. magnanimity
    • n.generosity and nobility. (adj: magnanimous)
    • When you are very generous to everyone around and you give great gifts, this is an example of magnanimity.
    • Because she was kind and generous, the magnanimous queen was loved by all.
  90. malevolent
    • adj.malicious; evil; having or showing ill will:
    • "Some early American colonists saw the wilderness as malevolent and sought to control it."
  91. misanthrope
    • who hates people:
    • "He was a true misanthrope and hated even himself."
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Combined Daily Vocabulary Week 1
2014-06-13 00:19:09
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